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      National Grid volunteers bring spring awakening to Kirk Park

      120 National Grid volunteers revitalize Kirk Park to celebrate Earth Day.

      Volunteers rolled up their sleeves, and put on their work gloves to bring a spring awakening to a park on the Southside of Syracuse.

      120 National Grid employees took a break from their day-jobs to spend the day working to revitalize Kirk Park.

      They picked up garbage, planted trees and flowers, even helped to re st ore a stone pathway.

      The effort is part of National Grid's Central New York Earth Day.

      There are similar projects and events happening across New York State, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island throughout this month, but organizers say the group that's helping Kirk Park is actually the largest to participate in the Earth Day program.

      " T his is really about environmental stewardship, protecting the places where we all live, work and play. It's really about who we are ," says Melanie Littlejohn, the Regional Executive Director for National Grid of Central New York. Littlejohn says the company is committed to making a positive, lasting contribution to the Syracuse community.

      "I think we're really keenly focused on how do we leave the world a better place than we found it, and what is our role that," Littlejohn says.

      National Grid volunteers were proud to wear a t-shirt, designed by Madison Homer, a 4th grade student at Onondaga Nation School in Nedrow.

      Next week, the volunteers will go to her school to help plant trees, to continue the Earth Day celebration.